Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a music-themed freebie. This one was an easy list for me to compile, as I’m a huge music fan, and enjoy biographies and non-fiction. There are many artists I’d like to read about, so here are my musical picks on my Goodreads TBR list.
- Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke by Peter Guralnick. Sam Cooke has one of my top ten male voices, and I really don’t know much about his life, but I’d like to. Guralnick is a respected music writer.
- Songbook by Nick Hornby. High Fidelity is a favorite, and I adored Hornby’s essays on books and reading collected in Ten Years in the Tub. I’m eager to take another essay trip with him.
- Bruce by Peter James Carlin. After trying and not finishing another Springsteen biography recently, I’m desperate to read a good one. This one has good ratings on Goodreads.
- 18 And Life on Skid Row by Sebastian Bach. Ahem. Yes. I am a big fan of late 80’s/early 90s glam metal. (Guilty pleasure? Maybe.) Skid Row was one of my favorite bands from that era. This one is slated for April publication.
- Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. Sleater-Kinney rocks. And how cool to get a female perspective in rock and roll.
- Just Kids by Patti Smith. I should have read this already. It was a book club pick and I skipped that month. (I blame it on my kid, ha ha.)
- Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick. AND…
- Careless Love by Peter Guralnick. These are supposed to be the definitive Elvis Presley biographies.
- Driving the King by Ravi Howard. This is a novel but it sounds amazing. Nat King Cole is back in Montgomery, Alabama for a peformance, and his childhood friend, Nat Weary, is in the audience. When a white supremacist tries to attack Cole, Weary defends his friend and lands in jail. After he gets out, Cole hires him as his driver in L.A. I love Nat King Cole, and the plot of this one sounds so interesting.
- Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. I FREAKED OUT when I found out last week that The Boss is writing his own memoir, coming out in September. I will be buying this one in hardcover.
So have you read any of the titles on my list? Have you got any favorite books about music you think I should check out?